...That seemed to be the question Liturgy buffs were all asking yesterday. The issue is considered important as it signifies the centrality of Christ in the writings of the Pope, and the rediscovery of the vertical dimension of the Liturgy. In the past it has normally been placed on a corner of the altar, or even seperated from the altar. Today it was slapbang in the middle and facing the celebrant!
The Italians seem to have a preference of non-symetrical arrangements on altars, which can often be bizare, let us hope this is the beginning of the end of them.
Newly elevated Cardinals, celebrate a a Mass with Pope Benedict XVI, in which the pontiff gave each new cardinal a golden ring, inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday.
Benedict XVI urged his 23 new cardinals on Sunday to pray for peace in the world and unity among Christians, and be willing to give their lives for the sake of the Catholic Church. Benedict made the appeal during a Mass in which he placed a golden ring on the finger of each of the new cardinals, a symbol of their links to the papacy, that was embossed with an image of Christ's crucifixion.